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Avalanche Weekly Update - March 28

Colorado to play two games in Sweden during 2017-18 campaign

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein /

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Avalanche Notes

AVS IN SWEDEN: The Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series, the NHL announced Friday. The Avs and Senators will play each other at the Ericsson Globe on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11.

MacKINNON'S MILESTONE: Nathan MacKinnon reached 200 career points with a pair of assists on Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers. At 21 years, 203 days, MacKinnon became the youngest player in Avalanche history to reach the 200-point mark. He topped the previous record held by Matt Duchene, who was 22 years, 272 days when he picked up his 200th point on Oct. 15, 2013 vs. Dallas. The youngest in franchise history to hit the 200-mark was Joe Sakic (21 years, 148 days). MacKinnon is the second player from the 2013 draft class to reach the 200-point milestone, accomplishing the feat in 11 fewer games than Calgary's Sean Monahan.

Upcoming Games

Wednesday, March 29 vs. Washington Capitals

Pepsi Center, 8 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

The Avalanche hosts the league's top team in the Capitals on Wednesday night. It's the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs, who last faced off on Oct. 18 at Verizon Center, where Washington was victorious 3-0. Colorado is 7-6-1 all-time on home ice against the Caps.

Friday, March 31 vs. St. Louis Blues

Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

St. Louis makes its third and final trip of the month to Pepsi Center, as the Avs host their Central-Division rival for the fourth of five matchups in 2016-17. Colorado is 0-3-0 against the Blues this season, and Friday's tilt will be the last of the season series at home for Colorado, which will close out the 2016-17 campaign in St. Louis on April 9.

Sunday, April 2 at Minnesota Wild

Xcel Energy Center, 4 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

The Avs will travel to Minnesota for the last time this season, taking on the Wild for the fourth of five matchups. They'll meet again in Denver on April 6, Colorado's last home game of 2016-17. The Avs are 2-1-0 against their Central-Division rivals this campaign, their last road win coming on Nov. 19.

Avs In The Community

On Thursday, Avalanche players J.T. Compher and Anton Lindholm will join 60 sixth graders at Rocky Heights Middle School for a Future Goals Hockey Scholar demonstration followed by a question-and-answer session. Future Goals is an NHL program that takes students on an educational journey, helping concepts learned in school come to life through real hockey examples and demonstrations.

Prospect Update

Will Butcher has captained the University of Denver to the 2017 Frozen Four, where they will meet Notre Dame on April 6 at United Center. Butcher, 22, was named one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player. The senior defenseman was named the NCHC Player of the Year and selected to the All-NCHC First Team. A fifth-round pick (123rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Butcher leads all NCHC defensemen in scoring with 36 points (7g/29a) in 41 games.

Cam Morrison scored two goals for Notre Dame in Sunday's 3-2 overtime victory over UMass Lowell in the Northeast Regional final. The Fighting Irish have advanced to the Frozen Four where they will face Denver on April 6 in Chicago. Morrison, a second-round pick (40th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, has 23 points (11g/12a) in 39 games during his freshman campaign.

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